Samantha Donaldson Photography
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Stories | Wedding & Portrait Photographer Auckland

I photograph weddings, engagements, families, maternity, newborns and commercial. My style is natural and organic, focusing on telling a story.

isabelle & liam | backyard wedding


When Isabelle and Liam contacted me to photograph their backyard wedding, I let out a bit of a squeal because I love the personality that can be infused through this type of wedding. And there was definitely a tonne of personality and beautiful styling!

Isabelle and Liam's relationship grew through their shared love of their dogs (Check out the adorable Louie the Schnauzer X below). Fast forward a few years and they are building their dream home on a hectare of land in rural Parakai. It made so much sense for them to hold their wedding on the property as a kind of combined housewarming/wedding.

Their ceremony was in a gorgeous little forested area that you entered through an arch handmade from old branches from around the property and intertwined with Ivy. Surrounded by hills and bush, it really was the perfect setting. Isabelle looked absolutely breathtaking in her bohemian lace off the shoulder dress (I could have photographed her in that dress all day long!). As they sun went down, guests retreated to the stretch tent for dinner and speeches. Such an incredible day, I was so lucky to photograph it!

As featured on Together Journal

Celebrant: Bryan Rosa Marsh | Flowers: Rose Tinted Flowers | Dress: Daughters of Simone from Secret Lace Bridal | Groomsmen's outfits: Rodd & Gunn, AS Colour and Barkers | Hair: Katherine Book |  Make up: Margaret Ling | Bridesmaids dresses: Ruby and Blak | Rings: Naveya & Sloane (engagement ring) and Tabitha Higgins  | Cake: Grooms sister | Marquee and furniture: Stretch Tents | Caterer: Tucks and Bao | DJ: Arii Jade